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Beef Stewed with Cinnamon and Star Anise

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From Vatch's Thai Cookbook (Canada, UK), by Vatcharin Bhumichitr.


4 cups beef stock
1 lb lean boneless beef, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
3 coriander roots
2 cinnamon sticks
4 star anise
2 Tbsp light soy sauce
2 Tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup fresh beansprouts
1 spring onion/scallion, finely chopped
fresh coriander leaves/cilantro, roughly chopped, to garnish


Put the stock into a large saucepan. Add the beef, garlic, coriander roots, cinnamon, star anise, soy sauce, fish sauce and sugar. Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Skim off the scum occasionally.

In the meantime, put the beansprouts into a serving bowl. Pour the hot soup over the beansprouts, garnish with chopped spring onion and coriander and serve.

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